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Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan, 2011

Petra Simmons's rating of the film Scabbard Samurai

Simple, perfect, inspired vehicle for Matsumoto's blend of refined physical comedy/wacky absurdism/charming vulnerability/empathetic existential explorations. Full of hilarious riffs on Japanese cinema/theatre classics - all perfectly executed, with the genius comedic direction of the best silents, or classic Jim Abrahams. Every single cinematic element recruited to perfect the delivery... Kind of a gem, really. 4.5